ICRE recently connected with Dr. Anna Oswald to discuss how to improve CANMEDS teaching. Dr. Oswald will lead an ICRE pre-conference session “Teaching CanMEDS: Optimizing teaching of the CanMEDS Roles”.
What are some of the other common challenges/questions busy educators raise around teaching the CANMEDS Roles?
The biggest issue we all face is finding time for teaching and that is definitely not unique to teaching around the CanMEDS Intrinsic Roles.
If a young educator walked into your office and asked for advice on how to make that time, what would you tell him or her?
- Start your busy clinical day with the learner(s) by telling them to expect a lot of “in the moment” or “on the fly” teaching rather than formal PowerPoint lectures.
- Warn the learner(s) that you’ll be asking them to recap what they’ve learned at the end of the day/morning.
- Use some tried and true teaching techniques like “one minute preceptor” or “activated observation”.
- Be sure to follow up and ask the learner at the end of the morning/day what they learned. It gives you the chance to remind them of key points where they might not have recognized the importance or one they forgot about. Making learning explicit is the key step to helping learners recognize all the teaching you’ve been doing in the course of your busy day.
- Plan for a little bit of teaching in your day. Small chunks are less likely to be bumped than big blocks of time. For example if you like doing formal sit down teaching schedule 10-15 minutes.
For new program directors, improving teaching intrinsic Roles like professionalism or health advocacy can be daunting. What are some of the ways to optimize these?
These roles are best taught in the clinical setting as these issues come up frequently in patient care. The biggest step is learning to notice the teachable moments and then labelling the activity with the Role. For example, whenever our team needs to call to request a sooner time slot for a test or procedure I try to take a minute to discuss how this relates to the Health Advocate Role.
Recognizing that ICRE is months away, what are some of the themes this session will explore?
This session will focus on introducing teaching of CanMEDS Intrinsic Roles both in clinical and classroom settings.
Who is this session intended for? Are there any prerequisites?
There are no prerequisites for this session. It is intended for those who are fairly new to teaching CanMEDS Intrinsic Roles and also for those who are intermediate level but are looking for suggestions to refine their teaching. This session will also touch on the change management issues around motivating others to enhance their teaching of CanMEDS intrinsic Roles.
We’ll be emphasizing incorporating teaching CanMEDS Intrinsic Roles into usual clinical teaching rather than making it a separate additional thing in everyone’s busy day.
Visit the ICRE website to view the complete online program or register. The early bird registration deadline is September 10, 2012.